Visual Arts

"Great New Work" at The Joanna: Not Just a Clever Name

Naming an art show "Great New Work" could be seen as pretentious, but this exhibit totally walks the walk.

The Joanna's latest group show features pieces, in a variety of media, made by a talented quartet of creative types that includes two locals and two out-of-towners, including Ryan Lauderdale of Brooklyn, New York.

"The video piece I am making is an appropriated Disney movie that I am trying to distill down to its more spiritual nature," he says. "The story is about a logging company CEO who finds gnomes in the forest his company is logging. I've attempted to slow things down, literally 'screwing' the film and reassembling to try to get at the transcendental and abstract heart of the story."

Meanwhile, Los Angeles-based artist Karen Spector will display a sound/video/still photography installation that's partially influenced by Matisse's modernist abstraction of dancing women.

The local crew in "Great New Work" are Mike Beradino and Jenny Schlief.

The former's piece, according to his artist statement, will be heavy on experimentation, while the latter plans to install, writes Schlief, "a site-specific exhibition exploring the formal qualities of art making.

"Form. Color. Mass. Shape. I will edit out the distractions of humanity and focus on materials and process. I will find the true meaning of being an artist and let the art speak for itself."

The show is slated to open on Saturday, September 17, at The Joanna, 1401 Branard. There will be a free artist reception that night from 8 to 10 p.m. The show hangs through October 15. For more information, ring 713-825-1803.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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